If you have been following our blogs, then you know we have a new and continuing series. These blogs inform the public about the undesirable and unknown ingredients in most soaps. If you are a newcomer to our blogs, please scroll to the bottom of this page to read Editions 1 and 2.
This article discusses the ingredient DMDM Hydantoin. The ingredient is a preservative. It is an antimicrobial and works by slowly releasing formaldehyde.
Yes, that's right, FORMALDEHYDE aka embalming fluid. Formaldehyde is used in many soaps, shampoos, conditioners, cosmetics, and other personal care products. Finding products without formaldehyde can be difficult.
How can they use formaldehyde? Is it not considered dangerous?
Formaldehyde is very dangerous. It has been linked to many health conditions including contact dermatitis, allergies, cancer, and respiratory issues.
Why would they even use it? Formaldehyde in large quantities can be a carcinogen. In the case of DMDM hydantoin, it releases very small quantities of formaldehyde. The likelihood of it causing cancer is minimal. To my knowledge, it is poorly absorbed by our skin. Formaldehyde metabolizes quickly.
Should we worry about it?
In my opinion, yes, because we use so many products that contain formaldehyde. We expose ourselves frequently to this chemical. With some products, avoidance becomes difficult or impossible. Formaldehyde warrants concern.
You mentioned that it has other ingredient names. What names would those be?
There are A LOT of names for formaldehyde including Quaternium-15, Diazolidnyl Urea, Methenamine, Tosylamide, and 2-4 Imidazolidinedione. More names exist. It is a good idea to check the ingredient list and research the components of which you are not certain.
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